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* Bowling Green is back at home for the second time this week as the Falcons host Ohio at noon on SportsTime Ohio.
* BGSU plays two of its final three regular season games at home looking to earn a bye through the early rounds of the MAC Tournament.
* Ohio used an early second half run to beat BGSU 72-63 in Athens earlier this year. Ohio's only two MAC losses have come against Akron.
* BGSU is 10-3 at home this year, while Ohio is 5-6 on the road. The Bobcats, though, are 5-1 in road conference games.
* BGSU is 72-61 all-time against Ohio and the Falcons have won five in a row in Bowling Green against the Bobcats.
* If the MAC Tournament started today, BGSU would be the No. 5 seed and earn a bye to the second round in Cleveland.
* With 65 blocked shots this year, Richaun Holmes is BGSU's all-time single-season leader.
* After scoring in double figures in 12 straight games, A'uston Calhoun has now gone two games without reaching double-digits.
* Luke Kraus has made 14 of his last 34 three-pointers after starting the year just 4-of-35 from long range.
* With his next three-pointer, Jordon Crawford will move into a tie for 10th in career trifectas at BGSU.
* Cam Black had a season-high nine rebounds in a season-best 29 minutes in Wednesday's win over Miami.
* Richaun Holmes ranks 31st in the country in blocked shots at 2.4 per contest.
* Bowling Green will close the regular season at home for Senior Night on Friday, March 6 against Buffalo at 6 p.m.

At 6-7 in Mid-American Conference play, the Bowling Green men's basketball team hosts Ohio Saturday at noon with an opportunity to edge closer to a MAC Tournament bye. Ohio, though, presents a large challenge as the Bobcats are 20-8 overall and 11-2 in league play with both of those two MAC losses coming against Akron. The Falcons are currently in a four-way tie for fourth for MAC seeding purposes and would be the No. 5 seed, earning a bye to the second round, if the tournament were to start today.

Bowling Green is 72-61 all-time against Ohio and the Falcons have had a lot of recent success against the Bobcats, especially at home. BGSU is 7-4 against Ohio over the past five years and the Falcons have won five straight in Bowling Green, including a 67-57 win last year in the first meeting between the two programs in the Stroh Center.

Bowling Green held Miami to 20 percent shooting and just 13 points in the second half as the Falcons overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to win 52-44. Jordon Crawford had a game-high 19 points and A'uston Calhoun added nine points and eight rebounds. BGSU held Miami to just two points over the final eight minutes and the Bowling Green bench sparked the team behind the play of Jehvon Clarke (seven points) and Craig Sealey (five points and five rebounds). The Falcons dominated on the glass with a 45-29 rebounding advantage.

With four blocked shots at Akron, Richaun Holmes broke the BGSU single-season record of 59, set by Cornelius Cash in 1973-74. Holmes has 65 blocks this year and ranks 31st in the country with 2.3 per game. He has blocked at least four shots seven times this year and had a string of 15 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot earlier this year.

Sophomore Chauncey Orr, son of head coach Louis Orr, has put together the strongest stretch of his young career, scoring at least 10 points in seven of the past 12 games and becoming the Falcons' answer for a third scorer. He had a career-high 18 points in a win over Kent State and is shooting 55.7 percent from the field during the stretch. Orr has also made 11-of-22 three-pointers and 21-of-27 free-throws to go with 24 assists and 16 steals.

While Chauncey Orr has made 11-of-22 three-pointers over the past 10 games, teammate Luke Kraus has turned things around and is shooting just about as well. Kraus has made 14-of-34 three-pointers (41.2 percent) in the last 12 games, connecting on three in a game three times (at Toledo, Northern Illinois and Akron). Those numbers stand in stark contrast to his start when he made just four of his first 35 attempts over the first 16 games of the season.

With four league games remaining before the MAC Tournament, Bowling Green has put itself into position to battle for one of the five byes. Currently, the Falcons are in a four-way tie for fourth in the league standings along with Buffalo, Kent State and Eastern Michigan. By virtue of a 2-1 record against those teams, BGSU has a stranglehold on the No. 5 seed and would earn a bye to the MAC Tournament second round in Cleveland. The Falcons still have games against Kent State and Buffalo to help break the ties before the regular season is over.

Bowling Green's home and away free-throw shooting numbers are eye-popping. On the road, the Falcons have attempted 35 fewer free-throws than opponents have made, shooting just 67.6 percent. At home, Bowling Green has attempted 28 more free-throws than opponents, shooting 71.0 percent at the stripe. In 11 road games, BGSU has been outscored by an average of 7.5 points per game at the free-throw line.

Five times this year Bowling Green has held an opponent to 44 points or fewer in a game. The last time a BGSU team held their opponents to that few points five times or more came in the 1949-50 season when Harold Anderson's crew kept seven teams below 45 points.

Senior forward A'uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford are one of three sets of teammates in the Mid-American Conference averaging at least 30.0 points per game combined at 30.2 points this year. Toledo's Rian Pearson and Julius Brown lead the way at 31.4 points, while Kent State's Chris Evans and Randal Holt are tied with Calhoun and Crawford at 31.2 points.

Both A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are averaging at least 15.0 points per game. The last BG teammates to finish a season at 15.0 points per game or better were John Reimold (18.5 points) and Josh Almanson (17.2 points) in 2004-05.

Bowling Green is 0-11 this year when opponents score at least 68 points and 12-5 when holding those teams to 67 or less. To go one step further, the Falcons have held their opponents to 60 points or less in each of their last nine wins.

In just over one year, the Stroh Center has proven to be a difficult place for opponents to play. The Falcons are 10-3 this year at home after going 12-4 a year ago, including a mark of 3-0 against teams that eventually went to the NCAA Tournament (victories over Detroit, Temple and Ohio). The 22-7 record in the Stroh Center comes out to a .759 winning percentage, which is higher than the program's .709 winning percentage in Anderson Arena, the home for the Falcons from 1960-2011.

With Wednesday's home victory over Miami, the Falcons have won at least 10 home games in each of the past three years.

BGSU is 10-0 all-time when scoring at least 70 points in the Stroh Center. The Falcons went 5-0 last year and are again 5-0 this year with wins over Detroit, Kent State, Ball State, Western Michigan and New Orleans when scoring 70 or more.

Under Head Coach Louis Orr, Bowling Green has won more than 80 percent of its games when its shoots at least 50 percent from the floor. A year ago, the Falcons went 8-3 in such games and are 39-9 in Orr's five years at Bowling Green when reaching that total. BG has shot 50 percent from the field three times this year, beating Ball State and Western Michigan at home after losing to Miami on the road.

When Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun each scored 21 points at Miami, it marked the second time this year that the senior duo has each reached the 20-point mark in the same game. Unfortunately, the Falcons have lost both of those contests (the other being a triple overtime loss at South Florida). In fact, Bowling Green has lost all three games in their careers when they both scored 20 points (losing at Valparaiso a year ago).

Bowling Green has blocked as many or more shots than its opponent in 21-of-28 games this year, including a season-high 10 against USF. It marked the first time the Falcons had 10 blocked shots in a game since blocking 11 at Illinois State on Dec. 6, 2008. Sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes has led the way with 65 blocks, ranking third in the MAC.

One sign of a good team is the ability to win games when not playing at its best. Four times this year, the Falcons have won games when shooting below 40 percent from the field, beating Lake Erie, Wright State, Samford and Eastern Michigan. A year ago, BGSU lost all seven contests when it show below 40 percent. The Falcons also won when shooting exactly 40 percent Wednesday against Miami.

Earlier this year, Bowling Green held Wright State and Samford to 42 points or less in back-to-back games. It was the first time the team had done that in successive games since doing so against Loyola and Pepperdine on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 1949. It also marked the first time the team held back-to-back opponents to 83 points or less since holding Western Ontario and Miami to 82 points on Dec. 8 and Dec. 12, 1962.

While the school record for overtimes in a single game is four, Bowling Green played a triple overtime contest for the first time in 20 years against South Florida earlier this year. The last time the Falcons went that deep into the night came in a 91-88 loss to Ball State on Jan. 29, 1992. Overall, the Falcons have played in four overtime sessions this year, the most since the team played four overtime games in the 2001-02 season.

With a fastbreak lay-up early in the game at Buffalo, Jordon Crawford joined teammate A'uston Calhoun in reaching 1,000 career points this year. The duo are the 40th and 41st players in program history to reach that milestone. They are the eighth set of teammates to score 1,000 career points in the same season, but it is the first time that it's happened in back-to-back seasons as Scott Thomas and Dee Brown reached that total a year ago.

Head coach Louis Orr's philosophy is always to play inside-out and the Falcons have done that well during his tenure. In the past four seasons, BGSU has scored 20 or more points in the paint in 110-of-122 games. The high-water mark came when Bowling Green scored 58 points in the paint against Malone a year ago.

Senior forward A'uston Calhoun averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two contests to earn MAC East Division Player of the Week honors on Feb. 11 for the second time in his career. Calhoun had his fourth double-double of the season as the Falcons won their first road game of the year, beating Northern Illinois 57-41. He finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, adding a blocked shot and a steal. In a tough 72-63 road loss at second-place Ohio, Calhoun had 19 points and eight rebounds. He was also 9-of-11 at the free-throw line on the week.

BGSU head coach Louis Orr announced the signing of three student-athletes during the fall signing period. J.D. Tisdale (Flint, Mich./Swartz Creek High School), Zach Denny (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View High School) and Garret Mayleben (Milford, Ohio/Milford High School) will join transfer Josh Gomez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Rice High School/Iona) among next year's incoming class.

BGSU will play a minimum of four games on ESPNU and SportsTime Ohio this year. The Falcons hosted Michigan State on ESPNU on Dec. 18 and then played host to Eastern Michigan on STO on Jan. 12 and Akron on Jan. 30. It was also announced that the Falcons would host Ohio on March 2 on STO with a game time set for 12 p.m.